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. want with these? “Blow up the trumpet," Psa. lsxxi. 3. Why David is higher now than ever. He seems to spring up as blithely as if he had heard words like those used by the prophet who came after him. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint," Isa. xl.31.
As it was with David, so was it with all the servants of God before and after him, and so has it been with them to this very hour. Moses, of old, was forty days in the mount, yet did he wander forty years in the wilderness. Job was the greatest man in the east; but, for all that, he was brought down to sit among ashes, and to scrape himself with a potsherd. Daniel is seen, at one time, the first president of a kingdom, and at another, in the lions' den. Thomas is now unbelieving, and anon cries out with assured faith, "My Lord, and my God!" Peter is ready to die rather than desert his Master, and yet, ere the cock crows thrice, he denies him; and Paul, though caught up to the third heaven, is sorely tried with a thorn in the flesh, and buffeted with the messenger of Satan.
Now, these ups and downs in the experience of the servants of the Lord, are calculated to give us consolation when our hearts fail us, and our heads hang down as the bulrush, for we see that the best men have been brought very low, and that God hath exalted the humble and meek.
This is the way in which the King of Zion deals with his pilgrims, as they journey to the promised land. He leads them through rough and smooth paths; he gives them fair and stormy weather; and sweet morsels and bitter herbs are their food. Weary and heavy laden they may be, yet will he give them rest. When they take his yoke upon them, they shall, assuredly, find rest unto their souls. But mark! God is too good, and too merciful, to let us have our own way. Too many sweets are proper neither for a child of the world, nor a child of God. To Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil ?” Job ii. 10. The prodigal must eat husks before he banquets on the fatted calf; no want, no plenty! no darkness, no daylight! no sorrow, no joy! no cross, no crown! no fear of deepest hell, no hope of highest heaven!
THE FISHERMEN OF SHERINGHAM.
ON Saturday morning, January 13, 1838, we were some few of us standing on the cliff at Sheringham, Norfolk, when we saw a vessel, appearing to us to be at the back of our shoal. We saw no colours or signal of distress, but we fancied by the behaviour of the vessel that she must ail something, because she kept coming to the wind, and then again falling off from the wind. The spying glasses were got out, through which we could see that the vessel was in a bad state, but were surprised that we could not see any signal; all this time the vessel was afloat. A muster was then made by the fishermen for sea, and when the cliff was lined with people, she seemed to alter her course, and it was then she sat down (sunk) upon our sand. The fishermen gave up going after her in their discourse, but having lines prepared for catching codfish, they went to sea, and when they had shot their lines, at least all but one bundle, they perceived the ship to be fast on the sand, and bore down upon her. There were two boats went to sea with lines, and both of them went to the sunk vessel, the Robert and Mary, and the William's Goodwill. The hands by this time were taken on board a smack which had not then left the wreck, but she left presently after, and these two boats were by the wreck to try whether they could save anything, but they did not come for plunder. The Robert and Mary, being the last boat to the wreck, found that there was little or nothing they could save, and left the wreck about two o'clock; then the William's Goodwill was left alone. About three o'clock the latter boat's company began to prepare for a start. This boat's company consisted of eight persons, their ages from seventeen to twenty-eight. After they had left the rigging, and were all on board their own boat, and were ready to cast off from the wreck, and start for home, a surge of a sea struck against the rigging, and the boat's stem came out, and she immediately filled with water, and they were obliged to spring from the sinking boat into the rigging from which they had so lately descended. It was with great difficulty they caught their hold; one of them fell short, but upon the rise of a wave was caught by his companion, and lifted or assisted into the rigging. Here they were now all about six miles from land, suspended over the watery surface, upon the top of a mast. Very soon one poor Jad lost his hold, and fell into the water, and swam about until he took a more perilous situation on a spar in the wreck of the boat, upon a level with the surface. There he called for help from them on the top, but none could be given; there he breathed his last, and they saw his body roll off the spar, and sink. The remaining men could see the boats from their own place, but could not attract their attention by any
The frost was sharp, the weather stormy, and they were thoroughly wet. They could not attract the attention of any of the steam-vessels or colliers that were passing them at a distance. Here they were from three o'clock till ten; during this interval, the most important in all their lives, I trust both as it regards soul and body, their thoughts were serious, their sins were brought to their view, and when they called upon the Lord in the day of their trouble, he heard their cry, and blessed their souls; he made them happy in such perilous circumstances. They joined hands and hearts in prayer and praising God. They say they prayed that God would ease the wind, and he did so. One said, “ God has promised to hear our prayers, and I believe he will save us, both body and soul.” At length, a fishing vessel appeared in sight, bound to London with fish, the Brothers' Industry, Captain Thomas Hart, of Greenwich: this vessel was to the leeward of them, and purposing to reach to sea six or eight hours; but just then the wind drew more to the north, so that he could not lay so well to sea, and as he supposed to take the advantage of the northering wind, he put about again ; but it was in Providence to save the lives of those seven that the wind altered, and the ship was put in stays. Then the wind, amid a threatening sky, died almost away, or she would have gone too far to windward of them; but she was thus brought just within call. The master s boy heard them, and called his father, who was down below. The boy was determined to go in the vessel's boat to rescue these poor men; but the master cleared his boat, and sent four of his best men upon this expedition. The wind lulled, the boat was conducted alongside the wreck, and the men tumbled into the boat one by one, and they were safely got on board the Brothers' Industry. There they were received with cordiality, and the master said he had never fallen in with a prize before, but thanked God he had got one now; and when they offered him money, saying, “We have got but little money to discharge this amazing debt of mercy,” he replied, “I will have none of your money ; it is enough that I have the pleasure of saving you.” He supposed the vessel to be then sinking from which they were calling when he first heard them, and did not suppose that they were on the mast of a wreck, sunk in about fourteen or fifteen feet water on Sheringham shoal; he says, It seemed he could not get away from that spot, and at that time, for he said he bore away to the Humber once, and. when he thought he had a nice breeze, he weighed anchor, and got his slip on the way with his canvass set; it fell calm,
and a schooner was going down a head of him, and that vessel brought up; and lest he should drive across her bows, he dropped anchor, and brought his ship up again," and ever since that the wind," said he,“ has baffled all my endeavours; but it has been for a good purpose.” They were taken on shore by a Palling coble, and landed on Palling Beach, and from there got by a land conveyance to Overstrand, when a messenger was despatched for Sheringham, who arrived there at about one o'clock on Monday morning, (15th), with the glad tidings of their safety. Preparation was soon made to convey them safe home; but what a gloom had hung on the face of the people for the most part during their absence! We sent off two boats on Saturday, the 13th, between ten and eleven o'clock at night, to go to the wreck, provided with a rocket and means to light it, being supplied with these by Lieutenant Percival, R.N., with a design that when they found the wreck, and if the men were there, they might give us a signal; and oh, what watching about all that night, and especially for the signal, but no signal appeared ! Then when the boats returned with no men, nor any tidings of them, what cries and sobs, and before the news of their safety arrived, an oar and board belonging to the boat was taken up on the beach, which strengthened the idea that all were lost; but oh! what a mighty change when tidings came that they were safe, and more joyous still when we saw them face to face!
R: L. Since I wrote the above, I have heard four of them pray, on Sunday morning, January 28th. The prayer of one of them struck me very forcibly. It is recorded on my memory, and I recite it—a record to these men, and to those who read the narrative. He said, with weeping, "O Lord ! I shall never forget, I hope I shall not, what thou didst for me on the mast. Thou didst bless my soul on the mast. Thou didst bless us seven on the mast; that was the best meeting we ever had, that on the mast. Thou didst pardon our sins on the mast. We all promised to serve thee when we were on the mast. We all joined hands and prayer on the mast. We said, we would all die together, that we might all go to heaven together, when we were on the mast. O Lord ! bless us seven, whom thou hast saved off the mast. We are afraid we should fall into sin again. Lord, keep us. Our friends are praying for us. Lord, help us to pray for ourselves, and hear our prayers, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.”
R. L. This narrative, by a simple hearted sailor, relates a remarkable deliverance. That the crew of a vessel should be saved, after their ship had sunk, is not a common occurrence, nor that their places should be taken, and the same danger run, by some who came to save them; and that after one had been lost, the rest should be snatched from impending death by a vessel which seemed, as it were, ' to have been compelled to leave her course for their deliverance. The kindness of the captain who thus rescued them also well deserves to be commended, and his example should be followed; but that those fishermen should have heen enabled to seek the Lord in the hour of need, and to commit themselves to him, is especially to be remarked. May this simple narrative be useful to others, by impressing upon them the need of being always prepared, since we know not what an hour may bring forth. These men all had been members of the Sunday evening school of the village. After their deliverance they sought an early opportunity publicly to offer their praises and thanksgivings for the deliverance ; and it may be hoped, that though they have been as “ he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast,” Prov. xxiii. 34, yet that their security in that perilous situation was not from false confidence or carelessness, and that as they sought the Lord there, and he heard them, so that they and others, who have also deliverances of which to tell, will praise the Lord, not only with their lips, but in their lives.
THE REVIVAL OF RELIGION AT KILSYTH IN
SCOTLAND. SOME readers may probably ask, What is the meaning of the word “ revival.” We answer, shortly, It is the power of God's Holy Spirit, reviving or renewing our souls, that we may "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Eph. iv. 23, 24. There are many other texts of Scripture (Psa. li. 10; Col. iii. 10; Rom. xii. 2) proving that it is God the Holy Spirit who will so renew us, as indeed He only can, but perhaps there is no one passage in the Bible which will explain what is meant by a “revival” better than that in Ezra ix.
And when we have seen what the Jews were, let us look at what we are, and we shall not be long in confessing, that a reviving is as necessary to us now, as it was to Ezra and his countrymen.
By nature we are“ lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God," 2 Tim. iii. 4; that is, we seek the gratification of our own heart's desire in this present world. By profession we believe in the word of God, and we are more or less exact in the outward duties of religion. But it is the work of the